On 6-19-12, I had the Xiaflex injection on my severely bent finger (Dupuytren’s Contracture). Now over two years later, I still have full use of my “pinkie” finger, with absolutely no pain whatsoever, and the cord that was once very noticeable is completely dissolved… gone! What took ten years to develop, took one day to solve. I am thankful that I didn’t have to have some of the other “solutions” to the disease that many had to endure up until about four or five years ago.
About twelve years ago, I felt some knots developing in the palm of my hand. They were not painful–in fact they never hurt at all. Then, the knots developed into a cord towards my little finger. I noticed that my little finger was stiffening and was beginning to curl somewhat. About five years later, it was noticeable and beginning to annoy me. It was constantly getting in my way. It was simple annoyances… like hitting the “z” on the computer keyboard instead of the intended “a.” When I thought I was typing the “1,” I was hitting the q.”
I own a real estate firm, and one day I was taking a doctor to see some waterfront property. As we were driving along, he was sitting on the passenger’s side, so I reached my left hand over to him and said, “Hey, Doc. Do you have any idea of what is wrong with my hand?” He felt the knots, tried to extend my pinkie finger, then said, “Yep, you have Dupuytren’s contracture. It will eventually curl back to the palm of your hand.” I asked him what I could do about it, and he suggested that I do nothing until it was absolutely necessary. At that time, the only solution available was the horrible zig-zag surgery that required months and months of rehabilitation.
I began to do a lot of research during the next couple of years as the curl of my finger continued to worsen. Then, I read about Xiaflex! It was very new. In fact, in my town of 100,000 people, there was only one doctor familiar with the procedure–Dr. Denis McGillicuddy with Orthopaedics East. I made the appointment and within a few days my problem was solved.
All this research prompted me to write a book, “Dream Point.” Although it contains a lot of useful information in the life of the star character, Dr. Thomas Stephens, I think you will find it very entertaining as he searches for another cure. You see, Dr. Stephens’ father had a severe case of Dupuytren’s which contributed to his death. Here’s an excerpt:
“Tom never got the opportunity to help his dad with the condition. During the spring of Tom’s senior year in college, JT was killed in a farming accident. He was mowing a ditch bank on the farm when the bank caved in and the tractor overturned. JT was killed instantly. A farm worker said that JT had tried to jump from the tractor, but his “bum” fingers had gotten caught in the steering wheel spokes. It was an emotional time for Tom. He loved and respected his father so much. Right then and there, Tom reaffirmed his commitment to make a difference in the field of medicine.”
Dr. Tom’s research led him to the jungles of Peru which presented all sorts of challenges. You can purchase the book by clicking HERE. If you decide to read it, please leave some comments on this blog and pass the link along to all of your friends on social media.
If you have been suffering from Dupuytren’s, then I highly recommend that you seek out the Xiaflex procedure. I promise you, it will be well worth it!